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Proposed Septic Re-Inspection Program for Douro-Dummer

Douro-Dummer held a public meeting on their proposed Septic System Re-Inspection Program on Thursday Nov. 21st. Steve Cooper and Jeff Chalmers attended on behalf of BPOA and the presentation by Chief Building Official Brian Fawcett is now on the DD website at https://www.dourodummer.on.ca/septic-re-inspection-program/. Click on the link for the pdf of Brian's presentation. 

The Township's proposed plan is to inspect all systems within a 10 year period with the cost for each property being $150 over 10 years. If your system has a problem and additional inspections required, the cost increases to $300. Those in attendance generally thought the proposed program sounded very positive and the plan is to work progressively through 10 areas (map in presentation) starting on Katchewanooka in 2020, upstream of the Lakefield water intakes. Then Clear Lake, area 2 in 2021, Stony Lake area 3 in 2022, etc. until the entire Township is inspected over the 10 year period.

BPOA will continue to monitor the proposal as it develops and Council passes a by-law to put it into effect. More to come on the subject. Watch for updates at BPOA.ca and our Facebook page


BPOA Objectives for 2019 are to:
  • Circulate quarterly newsletters and keep website and road sign up to date;
  • Continue to monitor water quality and conduct water testing;
  • Continue with road side clean-ups and informational emails to members;
  • Liaise with the Township of Douro Dummer including participation on their policing committee, the Kawartha Lakes Stewards Association (KLSA), the Voices of the TSW, the Federation of Ontario Cottager Associations (FOCA), and the Clear, Stoney and White Lakes Environment Council and the Lake Alliance;
  • Monitor zoning and variance requests that affect our membership area;
  • Host an annual educational workshop on a topic of interest for members at the AGM; and
  • Act as a voice for our members on areas of concern.

Check out our Facebook page. The BPOA  website is meant to be a communication tool, and along with our newsletters, facebook page, frequent email updates, road side signs, and member surveys, keeps our membership informed and lets our membership voice their opinions.We welcome any suggestions or content.

Jim Coyle, BPOA President

The BPOA is a member of  the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA). The BPOA will be circulating FOCA newsletters regularly to all our members. See the benefits of FOCA: FOCA Benefits

The BPOA is also a member of the Environment Council  (www.environmentcouncil.ca) for Clear Ston(e)y and White Lakes formerly know as the Lakeplan group. Please email us with any comments you might have. if you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact us.

The BPOA is also a member of the Alliance of cottager and road associations surrounding Clear, White and Stoney Lakes.

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Starry Stonewort

Starry Stonewort (SSW), is an aggressive invasive species that is now established in three areas of Ston(e)y Lake: the Lost Channel behind Fairy Lake Island, Gilchrist Bay and Wildfire Golf Club. SSW spreads quickly, out competes other aquatic species, displaces fish and disrupts boating. This development will require a whole-lake action and education plan to contain the spread. Eradication is not possible. Signs have been posted in the Lost Channel discouraging people from passing through as SSW spreads rapidly through fragmentation and by being carried by boat propellers.

For more information and pictures, click the link below.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/09466885951bb070661118b97/files/8ca11cb5-2fcc-4832-ae85-46317742703f/starry_stonewort_presentation_1.pdf

Boaters should know what SSW is, where it is located, and how to contain its spread. Additional information will be circulated when it becomes available on the EC (environment council) website. SSW has also invaded other lakes in the Kawarthas. We would like to keep this out of our part of the lake.